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Education Without Authority?

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Education carries a heavy burden for Arendt. As in politics, we declare our love for the world, both or own and the world of future generations. To say that education is in crisis, then, is for Arendt not to lament the fact that “Johnny can’t read.” It is to acknowledge a generalized dissatisfaction with and alienation from the world that has us say to our children, “[i]n this world even we are not very securely at home….You must try to make out as best you can; in any case you are not entitled to call us to account. We are innocent, we wash our hands of you.” Posted on 11 April 2016 | 12:56 am

Abolishing the World As It Is

Imagine human beings who spend their entire lives confined within a cave peering at a shadowy surface of images. These beings see nothing but images of the real. In the Republic, Plato asks his readers to imagine just this. His provocation does not depict humans held captive by a stream of images projected on mobile devices with bright, sensitive surfaces. Though our own cave tests the limits of the image, Plato’s cave remains instructive. Posted on 28 March 2016 | 8:00 pm

Studying the History of Political Theory with Hannah Arendt

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Arendt never gave an account of her methodology in political theory, but in her notes, we see her offering a way to engage the world of political thinking. Posted on 14 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Distinctions, Depth, and Memory

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By Richard Barrett “We are in danger of forgetting, and such an oblivion—quite apart from the contents themselves that could be lost—would mean that, humanly speaking, we would deprive ourselves of one dimension, the dimension of depth in human existence. For memory and depth are the same, or rather, depth cannot be reached by man…Read more Distinctions, Depth, and Memory Posted on 13 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Dianoetic Laughter

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Charles Snyder reflects on how dianoetic laughter frees us from the misery that arises from our constant failure to be able to converse with ourselves. Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Beyond Bluebeard: Arendt’s “Some Questions of Moral Philosophy”

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Philip Walsh discusses some of the startling conclusions Hannah Arendt arrived at with regards to moral philosophy. Posted on 31 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

The Dystopia of Knowledge

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Jennifer M. Hudson uses Arendt and David Eggers' The Circle to understand man's quest to free himself from nature and to infinitely expand his knowledge. Posted on 24 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

Thinking in School

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Nicholas Tampio discusses the dangers of the Common Core program and appeals to Arendt's concept of natality as a way to help education once again teach students how to think for themselves. Posted on 19 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 12/21/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how Ferguson has irrevocably changed the national dialogue on racism, identify the real moral questions surrounding the CIA Torture Report, marvel at the use of "selfies" as a form of protest, and much more. Posted on 22 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Plato on Thinking

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Plato provides this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 17 December 2014 | 10:00 am